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The United Nations Office for Human Rights is set to open an investigation into war crimes during the Sri Lankan conflict. The Sri Lankan government is opposed to the inquiry. Why would they reject an outside investigation? Thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of the war. What happened to the "safe zones"? Join us as we discuss why the world media largely ignored this conflict.
According to The New York Times, "With Sri Lanka's military making its deepest push into rebel territory in a decade, Asia's longest-running civil war appears to be edging closer to a military solution — though one that has already extracted a high cost for the divided country's civilians." Are 25 years of war nearing an end? And at what price?
This is the first in a series of SAJA webcasts.
Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Vasuki Nesiah, director of International Affairs and Brown University; Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, SAJA VP and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora. Questions/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject=webcast)
Despite end of civil war Christians still face persecution in Sri Lanka. According to Christian Today, a group of religious liberty organisations is calling upon Sri Lanka to officially recognise the country's evangelical community. Release International UK director Colin King says, "There have been attacks against Christians, but as well as physical violence, there is also legal opposition and restrictions with the authorities refusing to recognise non-traditional churches. We urge Christians worldwide to pray for an end to these practices in Sri Lanka so that there may be true religious liberty for all."
Turkey to purchase a long-range air defense system. According to Turkish newspaper, Today's Zaman, amid growing uncertainties ignited by the unfolding 14-month-old Syrian crisis and escalating tension between Iran and the West, Turkey is preparing to purchase a long-range air defense system worth $4 billion to beef up its defense capabilities in order to avert any threat to its national security. Turkey has sped up the procurement process of the system in recent months and will reach a final decision in an upcoming meeting of the Defense Industry Implementation Committee, which will be led by Prime Minister Erdogan on July 4.
World stocks struggle as European crisis threatens to spread globally. According to the Associated Press, world stocks struggled under concerns that Europe's debt crisis was deepening and threatening to infect the world economy. Investors are nervously awaiting Greek elections on Sunday, when a party that's threatening to renege on the country's bailout terms could come away the big winner. That might force the country out the euro.Attention is also focused on Spain, where borrowing costs rose to euro-era highs, increasing concerns that it could need a bailout.
Discussing the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Special Report: on A Marred Victory and a Defeat Pregnant With Foreboding... SAJA features a rare interview with a member of University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), Dr. K. Sritharan. UTHR(J) has just issued a special report focusing on the last two months of the war in Sri Lanka—and in particular, its ramifications for civilians.
South Asian Journalists Association presents the third in a series of webcasts about Sri Lanka. The war in Sri Lanka has drawn to a close in terms of military operations—but serious humanitarian and political questions remain. Will there be a return to armed conflict, or is it really over? How will the issues of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people be addressed? How will the human rights situation be addressed? As the international community and Sri Lankan government officials talk about a political solution, what process is likely to take hold? How far will that solution go? What will be the relationship between rehabilitation, reconstruction, development and the political process? What are the possibilities of a transitional process to provide democratic space? How can demilitarization and democracy move forward in Sri Lanka? What role will the powerful Tamil diaspora play? Featuring: Ahilan Kadirgamar, spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Democracy Forum; Alan Keenan, senior analyst of the International Crisis Group; Jayampathy Wickramaratne, constitutional lawyer.
Moderator: V.V. Ganeshananthan, former SAJA vice president and author of "Love Marriage," a novel set in Sri Lanka and the diaspora.
On this ongoing series of episodes, we pick it back up with TOPIC #8: EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERS PLACES WORLDWIDE with several stories about 6+ MAGNITUDERS hitting in various locations with more DOUBLE QUAKES being reported! Then we talk about TOPIC #9: SINKHOLES with another HUGE HOLE IN RUSSIA! Then at TOPIC #10: COSMIC SIGNS, discuss NASA TALLIES OVER 556 ASTEROIDS HITTING EARTH over the past 20 years; LEONOID METEOR SHOWER this week; MASSIVE FIREBALL FLASH SEEN OVER RUSSIA; PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ONLY SEEN BY NASA; and other Cosmic Updates. Then we talk about TOPIC #11: WATERS TURNING TO BLOOD with the MYSTERY OF SRI LANKA RED RAIN NOW SOLVED... All this and more on todays episode.. DONT MISS IT!.. GET IN THE KNOW!.. STAY INFORMED... JOIN US ON TODAYS LIVE BROADCAST... ENJOY THE SHOW...
On Jan. 2, the Sri Lankan government said it had captured the rebel Tamil Tigers' capital of Kilinochchi. The news has brought renewed attention to the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka. What's next? What might a political solution mean in light of recent military developments? How do recent events affect the country and its status within the region, as well as with the U.S.? How can journalists cover this evolving story?
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This week Madam President will be kicking it with GK hailing all the way from Sri Lanka. We are going to of course bring you those raw hip hop tracks you are use to us dropping and then getting into an in depth interview with GK about his music and much more.
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In this episode of Hindu Radio I interview Gulie Khalaf. She is an American Yezidi schoolteacher and leading Yezidi activist from Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. After her people in Iraq became the focus of the Islamist terror group ISIL she rose up to the occasion. Gulie recently went back to Iraq to assist her people languising in refugee camps.
Until this year most people had never heard of the Yezidi. Suddenly as the terrorist group ISIL began massacring and kidnapping their people the world moved into action. US President Obama ordered the US Airforce into action. Yet after some intitial efforts the Yezidi were once again forgotten. As they were buthchered and chased out of town after town the Yezidis were forced to take shelter in their ancient stronghold of Holy Mt Shingal. For months they battled repeated attemtps by ISIL to storm the mountain. Many Yezidi martyrs gave their lives in this effort. Only in the past week were the terrorists forced back from the mountain.
During this crisis the Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also visited Iraq and organized a peace conference and gave a speech at the Kurdish Parliament. Meanwhile the Hindu community united with the Yezidis and has raised thousands of dollars on behalf of the Yezidi people of Iraq.
Now long term efforts must be developed to rehabilate the Yezidis and recover their ancient homelands.
WE ARE TWIN.. Germany-raised Sri Lankan multi-instrumentalist and producer Nicholas Balachandran met New York-born and bred singer songwriter Gabi Christine during a 2009 songwriting session and the result was fifteen songs and WE ARE TWIN. In 2013 Zackary Smith (Bass, Keys, vocals) & Justin Frazier (drums) joint the group. The group just finished their debut album called "xtra love" release this November, blazing a trail for a punk rock, soul & Pop aesthetic that stood out immediately. And they have a musical webisode series. We will talk about all of it this Friday.
LA-based three-man band, Willodean, chronicles longing, loneliness, and lost loves, Willodean is Dan Barrett, Eric Holden and Randy Wooten. They have just released their self-titled debut album about people as afraid of finding love as losing it. With Dan Barrett’s gravelly baritone, Eric Holden’s upright bass that resonates with sturdy, near-ancient melodies and guitarist/pianist Randy Wooten’s lyrics the evoke a dreamy world of misgiving and missed chances. We won't miss the cahnce to ask them about it this Friday.
Guests: Sriram Shamasunder completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in June 2008. As a physician who trained at a public hospital and has provided medical care abroad, Sri is interested in the delivery of comprehensive health care in resource poor settings. In addition to his clinical work training medical students and residents on the medical service at UCSF in San Francisco, he spends much of his time abroad. In 2009, Sri spent five months in rural Burundi and Rwanda with the organization Village Health Works and Partners in Health providing comprehensive primary and HIV care as well as designing innovative clinical programs. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he led a group of Harvard surgeons in Western Haiti providing medical and surgical care in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. In 2012, he was a Fulbright-Nehru scholar to India studying innovations of care among tribal health organizations throughout rural India. In the last several years, he has split his time between UCSF, Liberia, Haiti and India. Currently, he is co-founder of HEAL initiative, which aims to support workforce capacity in limited resource settings, both in the United States and internationally. Clementine Ntshaykolo – Program Coordinator Clementine is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She is fluent in English, French and Lingala. Ms. Clementine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and a Minor in Sociology from UCSC. She most recently worked as an Event and Outreach Researcher for the Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) at the Naval Postgraduate School. Clementine Coordinates AAN’s activities including fundraising, grant writing, outreach and communication and direct assistance to clients. Clementine is in her last year of a Masters in Public Administration at San Francisco State University
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